Northeast Conference Tournament Prediction

The Northeast Conference Tournament kicks off this March 1, 2017 with four opening games. Can’t say I’m too excited for any of the games, considering not a single team is in the top 200 of  Ken Pomeroy‘s rankings. In fact, the Northeast Conference features a few of the very bottom dwellers of Division I basketball.  In other words, this tournament should be more or less be wide open.

The schedule are as follows:

Wednesday, March 1 (quarterfinals), NEC Front Row

No. 8 Sacred Heart at No. 1 Mount St. Mary’s, 7 p.m.
No. 6 Fairleigh Dickinson at No. 3 Wagner, 7 p.m
No. 5 Bryant at No. 4 Saint Francis (PA), 7 p.m.
No. 7 Robert Morris at No. 2 LIU Brooklyn, 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 4 (semifinals), NEC Front Row, MSG, FCS

Teams TBD, 12 or 2 p.m.
Teams TBD, 12 or 2 p.m.

Tuesday, March 7 (championship)

Final: 7 p.m., ESPN2

Prediction: If I have to make a prediction, I guess I’ll side with the LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds. They have gone 13-5 in conference and have an overall record of 20-11. They are currently riding a six-game win streak, which matches a streak they had in earlier conference play. The Blackbirds also have a few legit marquee wins out of conference, defeating the Northeastern Huskies and St. John’s Red Storm on a neutral court. They also were fairly competitive against the Minnesota Gophers on the road, losing only by ten points.

Anyways, according to Ken Pomeroy, the LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds have the conference’s second best offense and the third best defense. The number one seeded Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers have the conference’s fourth best offense and second best defense. Again, this is a wide open tournament.

The Northeast Conference Tournament games take place on the highest seeds home court. So, advantage Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers, who have home court advantage throughout. However, the Blackbirds just recently defeated the Mountaineers at their home court…which will happen again when these two teams meet up in the finale. 

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